Gerald Gardner - From Man to Witch
By the close of the Second World War, the word “Wicca” had not yet fallen upon the ears of the modern world. The new religious movement that would sweep the globe over the next half a century was the carefully guarded secret of a handful of people residing on the Hampshire coast, in the South of England. There are two dominant stories of the first steps of modern witchcraft1 into the public sphere—one is a story of revitalization and rebirth, the other is a story of creation and beginning. Both tales begin with a tall, white-haired man, with tattooed arms and a piercing gaze, named Gerald Brosseau Gardner.